Sociopathic North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un must have been inspired by the Taliban’s long list of forbidden activities and possessions (their brand of Islam truly puts the “ban” in “Taliban”), because he seems intent on topping theirs.
Even simple diversions such as getting together and singing, perhaps with a glass of that delicious North Korean beer if one can be found, have been outlawed. (At high levels of government, one may assume that the music plays on and the vintage champagne flows.) Essentially all forms of entertainment are forbidden now, in a country where you’d think they were especially needed to help citizens cope with the bleakness and struggle of everyday life. North Koreans must save their throats for singing Kim’s praises. And of course, they have to save their energy to be able to stand in the public square for hours on end and wave banners for all those military parades, cheering the rows upon rows of tiny bouncing soldiers and the missile-themed parade floats. Those interminable events, apparently the only Kim-sanctioned activities, must be really fun for all.
But now, Kim Jong-Un has outdone himself. He’s cracked down on Mother’s Day.
According to a source for the Daily NK, North Koreans can no longer buy Mother’s Day flowers with attached ribbons, which are often added to signify feelings such as “I love you” and “thank you.” The Great Dictator has decided that such festive decorations detract from the significance of flower baskets that are placed before pictures of his father and grandfather (and, I’m guessing, Big Brother himself). So don’t thank your mother for devoting her sad life to you; save all your thanks for the Demented Leader who has given you all you have –- and can take it all away with a snap of his fingers..
This is what totalitarianism looks like, the fate that Americans have fought and died to protect us and our allies from. On this Thanksgiving Day, in an increasingly dangerous world, we should be especially thankful for our freedom.
Mother’s Day, too.
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